Strong public support for better food labelling to combat obesity cancer risk


There is strong public support for policies to improve food labelling, with 86% of people in a survey supporting introducing a colour-coded food labelling system, according to research in the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP).

The study aimed to identify whether there is a relationship between support for food policy initiatives and awareness of the link between obesity-related lifestyle risk factors and cancer.

Recent estimates in Australia show that more than 3900 cancer cases (3.4% of all cancers) diagnosed in 2010 could be attributed to overweight or obesity, 7089 (6.1%) to inadequate diet and 1814 (1.6%) to inadequate physical activity. The study found support for food policy initiatives was higher among those who were aware of the link between cancer and obesity-related lifestyle factors.

The December issue of PHRP includes a range of articles focussing on topical issues in public health including obesity, vaccination, cancer screening, Indigenous smoking, and social media.

A research paper finds that antenatal screening for hepatitis B can be used to monitor trends in population prevalence; and another that pharmaceutical claims are a robust proxy for prescription data to describe medicine use in patients with HER2 positive breast cancer.

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